29 Aug 2019

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7:14 am on 29 August 2019

Latest - New Zealand crews have impressed on the first day of quarter-finals at the World Rowing Championships in Austria with eight boats progessing.

Emma Twigg at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Emma Twigg Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Single sculler Emma Twigg, women's pair of Grace Prendergast and Kerri Gowler, lightweight women's double of Zoe McBride and Jackie Kiddle and the men's pair of Michael Brake and Thomas Murray all won their quarter-finals to make the semi-finals.

Men's single sculler Robbie Manson, the men's double and lightweight men's double also progressed.

Para-rower Gavin Foulsham is through to the final of the single sculls.

Lightweight men's single sculler Ben van Dalen was the only New Zealand to not remain in medal contention today.

Kyrgios in hot water...again

Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios could find himself in hot water again after accusing men's tennis governing body ATP of being "corrupt" following his U.S. Open first round victory.

The mercurial 24-year-old made the comment at a news conference when asked if he could have avoided a $178,000 fine after his second-round defeat by Russia's Karen Khachanov at the Cincinnati Masters earlier this month.

Kyrgios was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct, verbal abuse and audible obscenity after arguing with the chair umpire and smashing two rackets during a meltdown.

Kyrgios said that the fine had not affected his preparations for the year's final Grand Slam tournament.

"Not at all. The ATP is pretty corrupt anyway, so I'm not fussed about it at all," Kyrgios said.

The ATP said earlier this month that it would see if more action, including an "additional fine and/or suspension" was warranted after Kyrgios' Cincinnati outburst.


Schmidt gets 'stamp' of approval

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Ireland's New Zealand rugby coach Joe Schmidt will have his face on an Irish post stamp.

An Post has unveiled a two-stamp set celebrating Irish Rugby ahead of the World Cup.

The other stamp features first five Johnny Sexton.

Joe Schmidt, 2018 World Rugby Coach of the Year, has been coachig Ireland since 2013, but will stand down after the World Cup.

Jones rushes to Springboks defence

South Africa have appointed Felix Jones as a defence consultant for the Rugby World Cup, reuniting the former Ireland international fullback with head coach Rassie Erasmus after their time together at Munster.

His arrival comes after attack coach Swys de Bruin quit earlier this month citing personal and health reasons.

Jones, 32, won 13 caps for Ireland and was part of the 2015 Six Nations title-winning squad. He also turned out for Irish sides Leinster and Munster.

After being forced to retire at the age of 28 due to a neck injury he went straight into the coaching staff at Munster, where he worked under Erasmus for the 2016/17 season.

Jones helped Munster to three consecutive Heineken Cup semi-finals before leaving the province in June.

The Springboks open their World Cup campaign against New Zealand in Yokohama on Sept. 21. They have also been pooled with Italy, Namibia and Canada.


Madrazo takes lead

The Spanish cyclist Angel Madrazo won the first summit finish of the Vuelta a Espana as Miguel Angel Lopez reclaimed the overall lead after stage five.

Burgos-BH rider Madrazo broke away in the final 200m of the 171km road race from L'Eliana to Alto de Javalambre.

Astana's Lopez finished fourth to ensure he leads the general classification for the first time since Saturday's time trial.

He leads Primoz Roglic by 14 seconds.

George Bennett during the 2019 Tour de France.

Nelson rider George Bennett. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Nicolas Roche, who had led the race for the past two days, dropped to fifth after finishing the stage two minutes and 17 seconds behind Madrazo. He is 57 seconds behind Lopez.

New Zealand's George Bennett is 15th overall.

The race resumes in the mountains on Thursday for the 199km stage seven, which starts at Roba de Murielos before finishing at the top of Puerto de Ares.


Burnley fan 'runs away'

A Burnley fan who ran from Turf Moor to every away game in the English Premier League last season to raise money for charity will be recognised by UEFA at tomorrow's Champions League draw in Monaco.

While no Premier League player ran more than 450 km on the pitch in the 2018-19 season, Scott Cunliffe covered nearly 5,000 km as part of the aptly-named 'RunAway Challenge' and raised nearly $116,000 for various charities.

Cunliffe could now rub shoulders with the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil Van Dijk, who have been shortlisted for the UEFA Player of the Year award.


Ullrich fined for attack on sex worker

A German court has fined former cyclist and Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich for attacking and injuring an African sex worker in a luxury hotel.

Jan Ullrich competing in the 2005 Tour de France.

Jan Ullrich competing in the 2005 Tour de France. Photo: Photosport

Ullrich was convicted on the charges of body injury and attempted coercion and the court in Frankfurt fined him $12,500.

Previous charges of attempted manslaughter and grievous bodily harm were dropped in the course of the investigation.

He insulted the woman and asked her to give back money he had given her in advance for her services under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Court documents say he then grabbed the woman by the neck with one hand and pushed her against a wall. After that, he gagged her with both hands and slammed one fist against her arm.

Prosecutors say the woman was not interested in any further prosecution after Ullrich apologised for his behaviour and paid her compensation.